Month: March 2011

An online baby book that lets you plant sweet memories

So this adorable thing happened the other day with my preschooler and baby. It was really adorable. It happened and I said to myself, “Self, remember this so you can write it down after they’re in bed.”  ….Yeah. If I could only remember what that adorable moment was. But I think I’ve found a way that might help me record these memories before they’re forever lost to the baby-post-bedtime fog. Moment Garden is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a virtual garden where you “plant” milestones and baby memories. At first, I wasn’t totally sure about the idea–I mean,...

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Vancouver travel with families – O Canada!

When you think of foreign travel, Canada probably doesn’t spring to mind. After all, we’ve got hockey, maple syrup, and a Francophile or two here in the United States, right? Well, yes. But as I discovered on a recent trip to Vancouver and the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, thanks to a wonderful press trip put on by the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, the Vancouver area is well worth exploring on a family vacation. Vancouver My first stop was Vancouver. The Four Seasons Vancouver is situated atop the Pacific Centre shopping complex, within walking...

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Etsy invites you to get crafty, make birthday cards, and fight cancer

Never underestimate the power of craftiness. Etsy doesn’t. In fact, they’re banking on it in order to support More Birthdays, the American Cancer Society initiative. (Who also happens to be one of our favorite sponsors.) If you’re in NYC, head to the Etsy Labs Craft Night from 4-8 p.m. on March 7  in Brooklyn. Your mission: to create celebratory cards with help from the fabulously crafty Craft It Forward, then give them to someone you know who’s survived cancer–or donate to one of the 30 American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges, homes-away-from-homes that offer lodging to patients and their families while...

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Bookplates that make me fall in love with books again

There’s something so precious about that pride of ownership that comes with one’s very own storybook, clearly marked with one’s very own personalized bookplate. I remember having fond memories of my own bookplates, and I’m so excited for my children to have their own. It’s been a while since I checked in to see what’s new at Oiseaux, who we first featured in a back-to-school shopping guide. And what’s new is what’s old. Their gorgeously illustrated bookplates from vintage storybook illustrations can all be customized with a name, and range from 1920s jungle creatures to a vintage castle for...

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This cloth diaper is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

The only thing more adorable than a cute baby bottom in a cloth diaper is saying “Charlie Banana” whenever someone asks you where the diaper came from. Cloth is making a comeback, mainly because it’s good for the environment and cuter than ever. But you already know that. What you might not know is that there’s a new brand called Charlie Banana that can cover all of your cloth needs in one fell swoop with free shipping to boot. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Charlie Banana‘s aim is to make the world a greener place by...

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Web Coolness – Kids parties, guilt free baby essentials, and breast milk ice cream. Yep.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Gorgeous circus themed kids birthday ideas at the Hello Lucky blog (via Hip Hip Hooray) It’s Guilt-Free Week at Momformation, and Kristen offers up 5 guilt-free baby essential purchases (Hint: No wipes warmers) and 3 ways to avoid baby book guilt. So smart. We’re loving the Canadian design and baby blog Mon Petit Amour. The yellow and grey children’s room spotted at Simply Grove is sophisticated and still playful. Want! A lovely tutorial for a DIY watercolor calendar at Design Mom. More DIY...

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Jughead 2011

Our kids may never debate the merits of Betty vs. Veronica or laugh at Jughead’s ability to gulp down hamburgers. But you still have to admit that this crown-style hat hearkens back to the golden days of Archie, before all comic book characters either had creepy muscles or overly-huge eyes. And you have to admit that it rocks. Lovingly dubbed The Royal by Etsy seller TipsyToesKnits of Halifax, Canada, this adorable crown is available in a wide range of colors and would be the perfect topper for you favorite prince or princess. Simply choose a size from newborn to...

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Design my own shoes? Totally pumped.

Even though I spend a good portion of my time with two people under three feet high who would just as soon chew a shoe than appreciate the fabulosity of a truly cool pair, I refuse to have anything less than awesome on my toes. And, like most shoe-loving mamas, I don’t have time to hunt for the perfect pair. But, thanks to this amazing site, now I can design my own. Milk & Honey Shoes has become my newest obsession. The smart brainchild of two sisters, the site lets you design your own shoes in every possible combination. Peep-toe, three-inch...

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Chic new diaper bag alert!

Chic and diaper bag are not two words you see in the same sentence very often, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare the new offering from Timi & Leslie just that–chic! The Charlie bag, from one of our favorite designer diaper bag labels, is made from a very realistic feeling faux leather and comes in six stylish shades. I happen to love the goes-with-everything light brown and the Hermes-esque tangerine shown here. Charlie’s accessories are what make him stand out from the crowd. And helps justify the cost. You’ll get a changing pad...

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It’s Dr Seuss’s birthday! Put a candle in those green eggs and ham

Though my sleep-addled brain may never forgive him for Fox in Socks, that tongue-twister of a story my son requested night after night, there is no question that Dr. Seuss’ collection of fanciful stories include some of our very favorite characters and verse. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ 107th birthday, we’ve pulled together some of our very favorite items for those of us who can’t get enough of those magical, Seussical creations. –Christina It’s all about the books, isn’t it, which is why I especially love The Retro Baby’s Cat in the Hat tee (above) which has that classic...

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Get yourself a one-way ticket to la-la land

When my kids were babies, I used to daydream about sleep. Oh, sweet sleep, how I’d never take it for granted again. If only I could get two hours in a row. If only I had some magic spell to make them slumber peacefully. I still don’t have any magic spell, but this new lullaby CD? It casts such a powerful spell that I would love to shoot back in time and dare my then-babies to resist.   {tired mamas, don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!} Putumayo Kids’ latest release Acoustic Dreamland is a warm bath, footsie pajamas...

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Write on, baby!

Yes, chalkboards are huge right now. From mugs at Starbucks to the chalkboard wall decals we’ve covered here, scribbles on black is hott with two wobbly, handwritten T’s. And here’s a unique and adorable way to jump in on the cuteness, whether for your own little darling or maybe your favorite preggers preschool teacher. The useful Chalkboard Bib is handcrafted of soft, sturdy cotton with a backing of softer, just as sturdy, organic cotton flannel. The letters and numbers are even hand-drawn, making each one unique. And you get two with each order, so you can share the blackboard...

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The Happiness Project: The book that changed my life

I first got to know Gretchen Rubin when she was kind enough to include me in one of her Happiness Project interviews on her popular blog. At the time, I had no idea that she was about to come out with the #1 New York Times best-selling book that would absolutely change my life and the way I see the world. I’m not much of a self-help book kind of gal. I’m really more of a make-fun-of-self-help-books gal. But The Happiness Project, or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right,...

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Boden launches maternity. Brilliant!

When I heard that Boden, my favorite clothing company from across the pond was launching maternity, I felt like doing cartwheels. But, being seven months pregnant, I opted for a fist pump instead. Not only am I fan of Boden’s women’s collection, but I’d say about 75% of my son’s wardrobe comes from Mini Boden, their affordable and ridiculously cute collection for babies and kids. (I mean, how adorable are these faded denim board shorts with a skull print?). The Boden maternity clothes have a slightly limited selection at the moment, but it’s still chock full of the staples...

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Why NYC may be the best place to see a kids’ movie in March

Having just lived through 80 minutes watching a Shakespearean classic turned into a story involving garden gnomes, I am not exactly itching to head out to see the next 3D “blockbuster” Hollywood has lined up for my kids. But if I can get us to New York City this month, I’ll be sure to include a trip to the Children’s International Film Festival to catch some of the best and brightest films for kids from around the world. If you’re in town, lucky you, here are a hundred great reasons to head to the movies this weekend. Starting March...

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Hang your coat up on your spoon, right this instant young lady.

One of the fun things about judging the children’s category of the Handmade Olympics this past week, was discovering so many super incredible new finds for you all. Some of which aren’t even necessarily for children. One of my favorites–and also one of the voters’–was this ingenious handmade solution for hanging coats and scarves. The personalized spoon racks from Wisconsin artist JJ Evenson lets you add up to ten names–or categories like scarf, keys, leash. Your children will never have an excuse not to hang their coats up again. (Or so we’d hope.) Although truth be told, it’s so...

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